Medical Billing and Coding Online Programs

Learn to translate medical terms into a career that counts.

Medical Billing and Coding Student

Medical Billing and Coding Training Online

You’re more than organized. You like creating structure. And you’re ready for a new career. Well, say hello to Ultimate Medical Academy and our Medical Billing and Coding programs.

As a UMA medical billing and coding student, you’ll learn how to interpret medical terms into the codes used for billing. You’ll become familiar with the insurance billing process, learn software applications and more. This is a rewarding career, and it’s growing in demand!1 Want to talk about it?

Why should I earn my associate degree from UMA?

Earning an associate degree from UMA can positively impact your future by making you stand out to employers and providing you with a strong platform for career growth. Let us help you gain the on-the-job skills needed to work in healthcare so you are ready to access some of the 4 million new jobs that are projected through 2022.2

Our programs include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online classroom. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to start a career in the fast growing healthcare industry.2 Outside the classroom, our career services team gets you interview ready so you can start your new career and unlock an average $400,000 of additional earnings over your lifetime.3 A degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for future promotions. Let UMA help you change your future.

Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.

Job outlook for medical billing and coding.

Medical billers and coders hold positions in physician offices, insurance companies, medical offices and more. Graduates who successfully complete their certification may apply for positions as a medical coder, medical records clerk, health information clerk and medical records coordinator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for this career field is projected to grow 36% between 2012 and 2022.4

  • Medical Billing and Coding Online Courses

    How long is the degree program? 17 months (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding

    Required Courses:
    Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
    Medical Basics and the Healthcare Claim Cycle 5 Credits
    Anatomy, Terminology and Healthcare Payers 4.5 Credits
    Medical Terminology and Healthcare Setting & Claims Processing 5 Credits
    Disease Processes and ICD-9-CM Coding 4.5 Credits
    Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS), CPT Coding and Surgical Procedures 5 Credits
    Medical Practice Management Systems and Billing and Coding Applications 4.5 Credits
    Coding with Simulation, CPC Prep and CPC Review 5.5 Credits
    Billing and Coding Applications with Simulations 5 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Total 48 Credits
    General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    English Composition II** 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits/Arkansas Residents 18.0 Credits*
    Program Total 63 Credits
    Program Total for Arkansas Residents* 66 Credits

    *Arkansas Residents - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requirements for coursework that are not contained in UMA programs for other states. Therefore, Arkansas residents must meet program requirements that are slightly different. These courses are required for residents of Arkansas.Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code § 6-61-301. **Required Course for Arkansas residents


    • Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

      How long is the diploma program? 10 months online (may vary according to individual student).

      Required Courses:
      Medical Basics and the Healthcare Claim Cycle 5 Credits
      Anatomy, Terminology and Healthcare Payers 4.5 Credits
      Medical Terminology and Healthcare Setting & Claims Processing 5 Credits
      Disease Processes and ICD-9-CM Coding 4.5 Credits
      Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS), CPT Coding and Surgical Procedures 5 Credits
      Medical Practice Management Systems and Billing and Coding Applications 4.5 Credits
      Coding with Simulation, CPC Prep, and CPC Review 5.5 Credits
      Billing and Coding Applications with Simulations 5 Credits
      Total 39 Credits
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Billing and Coding

    Q: What is medical billing and coding?

    A: When healthcare providers record the details about the services they provide for a patient, they use a universal coding system called medical coding. The insurance companies require that the services they pay for be translated into this medical coding system. Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the process of translating medical products and services into the universal coding system.

    Q: Want to know how to become a medical biller and coder?

    A: You’ll need medical billing and coding training which includes teaching you how to use medical terms, how to translate them into medical codes, how the insurance billing system works and more.

    Q: Where can I find medical billing and coding training?

    A: Nowadays, you can find medical billing and coding training online and on campus. UMA offers online training. The real question is which learning experience is better for you? Learn more about online learning at UMA.

    Q: Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?

    A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer medical billing and coding programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a school that offers medical billing and coding training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

    Q: What types medical billing and coding courses would I take?

    A: As a medical billing and coding student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study medical terminology, medical codes, the healthcare claim cycle, the human body (anatomy) and more. To see a complete list of the courses you would take at UMA to become a medical biller and coder, see the courses section on this page.

    Q: What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?

    A: Online vwith UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a mobile app, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

    Q: Do you have to be certified to do medical billing and coding?

    A: No. You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder. However, getting your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential could help you stand out in the field as an applicant. UMA can help you prepare to take the CPC exam after you graduate. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.”

    Q: How much does a medical biller and coder make?

    A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical billing and coding salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical billing and coding salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”

    Q: What’s the best school for your needs?

    A: Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So what are your needs? Ultimate Medical Academy wants to be the best school for you and we’re here to listen. Because the more we understand about your situation, the better we can help. Let’s talk about you. 888-213-4473.

    Q: What should I look for in top schools for medical billing and coding training?

    A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer medical billing and coding programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer medical billing and coding training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Services℠ page.

    Where can I find more info about being a medical biller/coder?

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This program can be completed in as little as 17 months.

May vary according to individual student.

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90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Ground “Employer Survey” 2014 (199 responses) and Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Employer Survey” 2014 (1,195 responses).

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This program is offered Online.

Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Medical Billing and Coding Diploma.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

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I chose UMA simply because they were the school that gave me the very best service, were very friendly, and helpful in every way. When I needed a tutor I received the best. When they appointed me a learning advisor I got the best.

—Tammi K., UMA Student

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm 2BLS, Healthcare: Millions of jobs now and in the future, Spring 2014, http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art03.pdf  3Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, The College Payoff, 2014,https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/collegepayoff-summary.pdf 4http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/Secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-6

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone, text message, or email via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy at the phone numbers you provided above. You are not obligated to enroll.